Burren Winterage School

Each year the landscape charity, Burrenbeo Trust, organises the Burren Winterage School as an opportunity for farmers, scientists, policy makers, and advisors to come together and discuss high nature value farming.    It forms part of a broader festival of events to celebrate and support pastoral farming and its importance to our rural communities and heritage.  This event  is always held a different village in the Burren each year on the October bank holiday weekend.  A Farming For Nature workshop day and the Ambassador Awards form part of this event.   More information on 2020’s programme and how to book will be available late summer on www.burrenwinterage.com   

Meanwhile find 2019’s programme below to whet your appetite.

 

Thursday 24th October

EUROPEAN INNOVATION PARTNERSHIPS (EIPs) – PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS AND WORKSHOP

WHEN: 11am-4pm   ADM: Free but booking essential at burrenwinterage.com WHERE: LISDOONVARNA SPA WELLS

Theme: ‘EIP-AGRI: Lessons Learned through Shared Experiences’Structure: Presentations (11-1.30pm), Lunch and poster exhibition (1.30-2.15pm), Presentation and workshop ‘EIPs: stepping stones to what?’ (2.30-4pm) Organized in conjunction with the National Rural Network, supported by Dept of Agriculture, Food & Marine (DAFM)  

BURREN WINTERAGE SCHOOL 2019: OPENING RECEPTION AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS  

WHEN: 7pm-10pm   ADM: Purchase tickets at burrenwinterage.com WHERE: LISDOONVARNA: BURREN STOREHOUSE Theme: ‘Building a healthy future for people, food and nature’.   Structure: Registration and Reception (7-8pm), Keynote Presentations (8-9.30pm), Discussion (9.30-10pm)

 

Friday 25th October  

HNV FARMING ACROSS EUROPE – PRESENTATIONS AND FIELD TRIP

WHEN: 9:30am- 10pm   ADM: Purchase tickets at burrenwinterage.com WHERE: LISDOONVARNA PAVILION Theme: ‘Working together for the conservation of High Nature Value farmland across Europe’.

Structure: Presentation Session 1 (9.30-11.0am), Presentation Session 2 (11.30-1.0pm), Lunch (1-2pm), Field Excursion to the Burren (2-10pm). Includes coach transfer and features:

  • Farmer-led walk through the hidden Burren to look at farming for conservation in the Burren (2-5pm)
  • Farmhouse workshop on designing Results Based Agri Envt Schemes and habitat scorecards (2-5pm)
  • Dinner and drinks in the heritage town of Kilfenora, ‘City of the crosses’ (5-7pm)
  • Screening of a series of short films on ‘farming for nature’ across Ireland (7-8.30pm)
  • A visit to Kilfenora mart to hear presentations on livestock management on HNV farmland (7.30-9.30pm)

Organized with support from DAFM and the European Land Conservation Network. See www.elcn.eu

 

Saturday 26th October  

Saturday 26th October

 Session 1: Farming for Nature in the Burren
WHAT: Farm Walk led by award winning farmer Oliver Nagle

WHEN: 10.30am-12.30pm   WHERE: Nagle’s Farm, Pullagh
WHAT: Lunch WHEN: 1.0 – 2.0pm   WHERE: Lisdoonvarna Pavilion Centre

 

Sessions 2, 3, 4 WHAT: Presentations, Films and Workshop
WHEN: 2.0 – 6.0pm   WHERE: Lisdoonvarna Pavilion Centre

Organized with support from DAFM and the National Parks & Wildlife Service

 

Session 2: Farming for Nature in Ireland

2.0 – 2.15 Welcome to ‘Farming for Nature’: Brigid Barry (Farming for Nature, FFN)

2.15 – 2.45 Why Nature Friendly Farming Matters: Sorcha Lewis (Nature Friendly Farming Network, UK)

2.45 – 3.30 Farming for Nature in Ireland: FFN film and farmer panel discussion with Brendan Dunford (FFN)

 

Coffee break

 

Session 3: Supporting Farmers for Nature

4.0 – 4.15 Farm to Fork: shortening the food supply chain: Ruth Hegarty (egg & chicken food projects and consulting)
4.15 – 4.30 #understandagriculture : Aisling Meehan (Aisling Meehan Agricultural Solicitors)

4.30 – 4.45 Communications – helping to get our message out: Ella McSweeney (Journalist and Broadcaster)
4.45 – 5.0 Policy & Technical Support for FFN: James Moran (GMIT and FFN)

Short Break

 

Session 4: The Farming for Nature Network – where do we go from here?

 

5.0 – 6pm Workshop: Ground up ideas on how best to support farmers for nature

 

The National Farming for Nature Awards 2019. 

WHEN: 6.0pm-8pm      WHERE: LISDOONVARNA Pavilion Centre

 

6.0 – 7.0pm Reception, light food & refreshments

 

7.0 – 8.0pm Screening of FFN films, Ambassador Awards and Announcement of Public Vote winner

Organized with support from the Bord Bia Origin Green Programme

Sunday 27th October 

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL ‘BURREN WINTERAGE CATTLE DROVE’ TAKING PLACE IN CARRON, 12-3pm

MORE INFORMATION AND BUY TICKETS HERE

 

What others think about the Farming For Nature Workshop day

It is great to be able to meet all these people who think the same way as we do. Very often, as a farmer, you work in isolation, especially if you do something a bit different from the “norm”. It gives a great boost to know there are a lot more farmers who do the same thing in their own corner and to feel supported in your ideas.
(McCall Family, Farming For Nature Ambassador 2018)

 

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